Helping people to connect, learn, and participate by providing high quality individualised assistive and interactive learning solutions
Link Assistive is an Australian supplier of Sensory, Interactive and Assistive Technologies. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and software, computer access products, products for Special Education and mounting equipment are part of our product portfolio.
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Bas Tijdhof – Director
Bas is the CEO of Link Assistive which he founded in 2008. Bas is based in Link Assistive’s main office in Adelaide, South Australia. Bas leads the team with extensive experience gained across a number of previous roles in the Assistive Technology industry including 9 years as an Assistive Technology Advisor in the Netherlands, providing everything from assessment to implementation of communication and computer access solutions for children and adults with disabilities. Bas also worked as an Account Manager for Tobii AB – the world leader in eye tracking technology.
Bas’ formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Human Kinetic Technology) and a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement). Bas graduated from The Hague University in 1997 and VU University in 1998. Bas continually seeks professional development and possesses additional skills in project management and business. He is an alumni of the Entrepreneurs Organisation Adelaide.
When he is not working his full time (plus!) hours, he loves traveling with his family, making music with his band mates, go for walks & runs with his Border Collie and keeping fit on the tennis court.
Brianna Meldrum – Office Manager
Brianna is the full-time Office Manager and administrative superstar of Link Assistive. Brianna started with Link Assistive in 2015, bringing along the organising skills that she developed through her 17 years working in Performing Arts Production and Stage Management locally, nationally and internationally. Brianna is based in Link Assistive’s main office in Adelaide, South Australia and oversees all database and logistics operations of the company.
When not working, Brianna is kept busy parenting her two young boys or can be found enjoying the great outdoors!
Melissa Holliday – Loans Coordinator
Melissa is the Loans Coordinator at Link Assistive, also based in the Adelaide office. Melissa boasts 15 years’ experience working in the arts as a stage manager and theatre technician, and 5 years’ experience in the mailing and printing industry working in mail processing and customer service. Melissa also possesses a Diploma of Arts in Technical Production. When not at work, Melissa is a busy Mum. She has a wide range of interests including cats, baseball, footy and roller-skating. Melissa’s all-time happy place is at the movies.
Cheryl Kelly – Accounts Officer
Cheryl joined Link Assistive as a part time Accounts Officer in August 2020. She brings with her extensive administration and finance experience in the legal, agribusiness and aged care sectors and holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services. Cheryl is responsible for accounts payable/receivable and various finance related tasks.
Outside the office Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, reading, movies and finding excuses to skip the gym.
Rikki-Lee Belperio – Logistics & Inventory Coordinator
Rikki-Lee is the Part Time Logistics & Inventory Coordinator of Link Assistive. Rikki-Lee has a background in sales, customer service and administration. 10 Years ago, Rikki-Lee changed career from hospitality to a trainee-ship in Business Administration which led to her receiving her Certificate 3. Based in the Adelaide Office Rikki-Lee coordinates incoming and outgoing goods and managing stock.
When not working she loves spending time with her two daughters and husband, decorating cakes, movies and listening to music.
Lynda Griffiths – Customer Service Officer
Lynda is the Customer Service Officer at Link Assistive. Lynda has a long history of Customer Service across an array of fields including Pharmacy, Audiology, Tourism and has even owned her own successful café in the Adelaide Hills. Based in our Adelaide office, Lynda will be the first person that you speak to, answering your questions and directing your call to its correct destination.
Outside of work Lynda, her husband and their children run a small hobby farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula in the Adelaide Hills. They have sheep, an alpaca, a goat, horse, and many chickens. She is also a native animal carer and has a Red Kangaroo called Jack Rabbit living with her.
David Vasanji – AT Support Manager
David joined Link Assistive in 2016 as the IT Support and Repair Specialist. Prior to joining Link Assistive, David worked for 6 years as an ICT Project Manager, managing the SA Health Hospital Paging System, and has also managed Disability SA Nurse Call Systems. David’s qualifications include a Diploma of Information Technology, and a Bachelor of Commerce; graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2007.
David now leads the AT Support team, which provides technical support remotely and in-person for Link Assistive’s range of hardware and software. David’s specialisations include Interactive Projection and Eye Gaze technologies. David possesses additional skills in Project Management and E-Commerce and runs his own E-Commerce business in addition to his role at Link Assistive.
David enjoys being a Dad to his two little girls, and has recently become a Dad again to a baby boy!
Rob Telfer – Installation IT Technician
Rob joined Link Assistive / Link Sensory in 2020 after working for Domiciliary Equipment Services for the past 11 years. Rob has an extensive background in electronics and wheelchair seating, wheelchair modification and custom fabrication. Rob’s experience has given him a great grounding in repairs, installations and modifications for individuals with disabilities and those using mobility aids and equipment.
Rob provides technical support for the range of hardware options we supply at Link Assistive, and will be responsible for installation of all of our sensory room projects.
As a father of 4 boys, Rob is always on the go!
Charlene Cullen – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Charlene is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Charlene provides support across the eastern states of Australia, but also offers her extensive knowledge wherever it is required! Charlene’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing) and a Graduate Diploma Audiology. Charlene graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia in 1998. Charlene is an AGOSCI Member and Certified Key Word Sign Presenter.
Charlene has previously worked at the Disability Services Commission of WA as a clinician in early childhood services, as well as varied roles as supervisor, country resource specialist and acting manager of individual and family services for 10 years. Prior to joining Link Assistive, Charlene worked for Spectronics with Dynavox and other speech generating devices, providing training, consultation and technical support to users, families, carers, therapists and schools Australia wide. Charlene has experience in the clinical support of Speech Pathologists and students.
Charlene brings her extensive knowledge and skills to work each day at Link Assistive in her support of people with a range of disabilities including spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, progressive neurological impairments and other physical and / or communication impairments. Charlene specialises in a number of assistive technology ranges and services provided by Link Assistive, including Eye Gaze technologies, mounting solutions and training and consultation. Charlene is also highly knowledgeable with regards to Voice Banking.
Outside of work, Charlene enjoys cooking, reading, calligraphy and travel as well as volunteering in the kids’ program at Bridge Church in Melbourne.
Amy Litton – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Amy is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive, based in Perth, Western Australia. Amy graduated from Curtin University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science). Amy is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia Member, a member of the Variety Motor Mouth Camp Committee, a Speech Pathology WA Branch Executive Member, a Certified Key Word Sign Presenter, and an AGOSCI member. Amy is currently working on the 2019 AGOSCI Conference Committee.
Amy has worked extensively as a Speech Pathologist in the Disability Sector, for over 12 years with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has worked within government, not-for-profit and private practice settings across Western Australia. She has a particular interest in working with schools, having worked with schools throughout Western Australia providing training and in-classroom support for the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Eye Gaze and other Assistive Technologies. At Link Assistive, Amy specialises in AAC, Eye Gaze Technologies and Training and Education.
If she is not at Link Assistive you can find Amy at the beach! She loves swimming, traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Jade Bilusich – Occupational Therapist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Jade joined Link Assistive in 2018 as the Assistive Technology Specialist for South Australia, and the specialist for sensory technology for Link Sensory across Australia. Jade graduated from UniSA in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has over 13 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist, working with children and adults with a range of neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities. Jade holds current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of OT Australia.
Jade leads the assessment, design and implementation of multisensory projects at Link Assistive, including training users in the benefits and applications of their completed space. Jade also oversees the interactive learning products at Link Assistive and enjoys translating the features of these technologies to therapeutic applications for clients.
Jade has developed and presented training to educators, parents, caregivers, community organisations and other health professionals around understanding sensory processing and accommodating for sensory processing needs to maximise functional performance. Jade also has experience in the prescription of complex mobility, seating, pressure care and home modifications for adults with disabilities. Jade has engaged extensively in additional training and certification across the course of her career, focusing on multiple paediatric therapeutic approaches and techniques. Jade’s experience also includes clinical supervision and support of Occupational Therapists and students.
When not working, Jade is busy looking after her little boy old or supporting her husband to run the café that they own and operate. To relax she loves to read or watch documentaries.
Jessica Kennedy – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Jessica is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for LinkAssistive, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Jessica graduated from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She is currently completing a Masters of Rehabilitation (Speech Pathology) through James Cook University and is on track to finish this in 2020. Jessica is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia member and an AGOSCI member.
Jessica’s clinical experience has been in supporting children and adults with a range of developmental needs across community and educational contexts in Queensland and the Northern Territory. She has a keen interest in supporting people with complex communication needs and has worked predominantly in Augmentative and Alternative Communication prescription and support throughout her career. Jessica has provided education and training for the community, family members and other health professionals. She has also worked in a range of clinical and student supervision roles.
When she is not working, Jessica enjoys reading, traveling and finding the best spot for a good coffee!
Loren Apokourastos – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Loren is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive, based in Sydney, New South Wales. Loren graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). She is currently completing a Master by Research through the University of Sydney and is on track to finish this in 2022. Loren is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia member, a Research Associate with CP-Achieve and a member of the Scientific Education committee for the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM).
Loren’s clinical experience has focused on supporting children and adults with complex disabilities across clinical, community and educational contexts in Sydney. She has a keen interest in supporting people with complex communication and swallowing needs, particularly infants, young children, adolescents and young adults. Loren has worked in the areas of swallowing and communication throughout her career and has a specific interest in the prescription and support of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. Loren has provided education and training for the community, family members of people with complex needs, and other health professionals. Loren’s experience also includes clinical supervision and support of Speech Pathologists and students.
Loren has a wide range of interests including food/cooking, dogs, music and the great outdoors. When not working, Loren enjoys bush walking/camping, canyoning and swing dancing!